How to Fix a Broken UPVC Window Handle

Over time, window frames and handles can succumb to damage or wear and tear, but many issues are relatively straightforward to fix. In this blog post, we tell you how to fix a broken double-glazed window handle and provide all the info you need to get the job done quickly and safely.

If a window handle is sticking, failing to lock or becomes loose, it’s typically easier and more cost-efficient to simply replace the handle.

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What You’ll Need

Before you begin repairing a broken window handle, make sure you’ve got all the equipment you need:

  • Replacement handle
  • Screwdriver (manual or electric)

When choosing a replacement window handle, be sure to select one that is compatible with your windows. There are three main types of UPVC window handles: 

  • Espag
  • Cockspur
  • Spaded

As many window manufacturers use universal handle designs, you should find it easy to find a compatible replacement. However, purchasing a replacement handle from the original window manufacturer is one way to ensure that your new handles will fit your windows seamlessly.

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Replacing a Broken Window Handle

Step One

Open the window and keep the handle in the open position so that you can access the relevant areas.

Step Two

Remove the screw covers or caps. These are added for aesthetic purposes and are usually located above and/or below the handle. Typically made from plastic, these can generally be removed simply by sliding a flathead screwdriver underneath them and popping them off.

Step Three

Using a manual or electric screwdriver, remove the screws that are holding the handle in place. Be sure to hold the handle against the window frame while you’re doing this, or you’ll find that the window handle falls away from the frame as you remove the screws.

Step Four

Once you’ve removed the handle, you’re ready to install the new replacement. Keep the new handle in the open position and place the spindles in the same holes that the old handle was seated in.

Step Five

Hold the new handle in place and use a manual or electric screwdriver to fit the new screws into the window frame. 

Step Six

If the new replacement window handle comes with screw covers, affix these so that they cover the head of the screws completely. 

Step Seven

Test your new handle and window locking mechanism to ensure it’s fully functional. If you close the window after fitting a new handle, remember to lock the UPVC window handle and keep the key somewhere secure and accessible.

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Keeping Your Window Locks and Handles in Optimal Condition

Now you know how to fix a broken UPVC window handle, you’ll want to do everything possible to keep your new handles and locks in great condition. For example, regular cleaning can help to keep window handles functioning properly and routinely opening and closing the window can stop the lock mechanism from seizing up. 

So, open and close the window fairly frequently to ensure that your handles and locks are in good working order and remove debris from the lock. When wear and tear occur or a locking mechanism gets broken, don’t hesitate to replace a broken window handle to enhance its functionality and keep your property secure. 

If you are still unsure of how to repair your broken window handle then speak to an expert.

At Britannia Glass & Glazing our glaziers are equipped to respond to any glazing emergency in London 24 hours a day seven days a week. Whether you are in Croydon or Chelsea, East Central London or Paddington, our glaziers are ready to help. Call us now at 0203 305 7161 and get a quote within one hour of your call.